Readers Write: Sept. 6

Does freedom of speech extend to all?

When I engage in dialogue with those echoing the President’s belief that “both sides are to blame” for the Charlottesville incident, their argument always segues to Black Lives Matter, the fake media and anti-white supremacist protesters. Then they dig deep in their pocket and conveniently pull out their freedom of speech card. But this right doesn’t seem to extend to Colin Kaepernick. Their argument is, “He should do what his owner says he should do.” And I wonder if ISIS followers wanted to march through our streets with torches, would the Nazi sympathizers be out there supporting their freedom of speech. Probably not. Most would say, “But they want to kill us!” To which my response is, “Isn’t that what the Nazis wanted to do to our Greatest Generation?”

MICHAEL BUCHANAN, ALPHARETTA

Diana’s charitable giving not unprecedented

Princess Diana is to be remembered and admired for the causes she promoted such as AIDS research, and land mine removal, but I must take issue with the false claim made by biographer Andrew Morton that Diana was instrumental in changing the monarchy by showing such concern for the welfare of those less fortunate than herself. (“Diana’s common touch changed the monarchy,” News, Aug. 29.)

Unfortunately, in America not many people know of Prince Charles charitable work that began long before his doomed marriage. In 1976, Prince Charles established the Prince’s Trust which was dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in the U.K. Over the years, the trust has helped many thousands of young people from deprived neighborhoods to turn their lives around, and it is considered one of the most successful charities in Britain.

Morton would have you believe that it was Princess Diana who introduced change in the royal household. However, it was the prince who had introduced the so-called common touch many years before he met Diana.

COLIN MASON, ATLANTA

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